Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by Shelley Miles
Play, Safety, April Activities
APRIL 29—Zipper Day, National Playground Safety Week
Zippers and other fasteners are not the easiest thing for a little person to tackle. Be patient as you help your little one to practice. One way to help is with a dress-up doll. There are several types - boys, girls, animals. In addition to learning how to use buttons and zippers, your child will be developing their fine motor skills and learning all about cause and effect.
Take a picnic lunch to the playground today and enjoy pushing your little one on the swings, catching him or her at the bottom of the slide, and digging in the sand. And while you’re there, double-check to make sure that the equipment and environment are up to safety snuff. Playground safety checklist
Monday, April 25, 2011 by Shelley Miles
APRIL 27—Tell A Story Day
Storytelling is an art. Use funny voices and sound effects as well as dramatic facial expressions while you weave your tale, and your child will surely be captivated. Don't be afraid to move around or wave your arms to make your story more vivid. It is also fun to make up stories together. For example, you begin, “One day, (Name of your child) opened the magic door in the back of her closet.” Then your child builds on the story by supplying the next sentence. Then it’s your turn again, and so on. If a story turns out especially well, you may want to write it down, date it, and save it to share in years to come.
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